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Brad Walter is Chief Rugby League Writer for The Sydney Morning Herald

Blues' fury at refs after failure to punish rule-breaking Maroons

Laurie Daley

Brad Walter NSW coach Laurie Daley was disappointed with Trent Merrin for his lack of discipline in Origin II - but not as unhappy as he was with the performance of referees Shayne Hayne and Ashley Klein.

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League

Another year of pain as Maroons make it eight straight

Johnathan Thurston

Brad Walter Queensland make it eight series wins in a row as NSW squander a glut of possession.

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Kasiano would be ruled out for Maroons under rule change

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11: Sam Kasiano of the Bulldogs runs with the 
ball during the round 10 NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Gold 
Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on May 11, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo 
by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images) 


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Brad Walter CANTERBURY star Sam Kasiano will be unable to play for Queensland under a new State of Origin eligibility rule even if the New Zealand-born prop pledges his international allegiance to Australia...

Winning Starts Monday

Culture of Maroons loyalty is based on a winning formula

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Brad Walter It took just 12 minutes after the NSW team was announced for Origin I before Blues coach Ricky Stuart was asked if he would stick with the latest batch of players regardless of the result at Etihad...

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Blues keep Maroons guessing about team

Mal Meninga

Brad Walter QUEENSLAND coach Mal Meninga and his players remain unsure of the make-up of the NSW team for tonight's opening Origin match at Etihad Stadium, with the Blues yet to officially announce a line-up.

Analyst blows whistle on Maroons' dirty play

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Brad Walter AN INDEPENDENT analyst engaged by NSW officials to review Origin I has found that Queensland were able to get away with 10 incidents that warranted penalties, while match officials missed just one...

League

Kiwis hit out at Origin coaches as Kasiano nears Maroons switch

Sam Kasiano

Brad Walter SAM KASIANO'S likely Origin selection has sparked a scathing attack on rival NSW and Queensland coaches Ricky Stuart and Mal Meninga from leading New Zealand official Tony Kemp.

Test legends come out in support of under-pressure Slater

Slater

Brad Walter It is a sure sign of how much pressure Billy Slater is under to retain his No.1 Australian jersey for the May 3 Test against New Zealand when former Kangaroos captain Darren Lockyer and Queensland...

League

Cameron Smith stays with Melbourne Storm

Cameron Smith

Brad Walter Australian captain Cameron Smith is set to surpass Darren Lockyer's record for the most NRL games after signing a new four-year deal with Melbourne Storm.

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Laurie Daley: Blues free from off-field distractions at new Origin base in Coffs Harbour

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28:  Laurie Daley, coach of the Blues, James Tamou, Josh Morris and Blake Ferguson of the Blues look on during the official New South Wales State of Origin team photo session at Crowne Plaza, Coogee on May 28, 2013 in Syd ney, Australia.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Brad Walter NSW coach Laurie Daley insists the decision to base the team in Coffs Harbour this season is unrelated to the off-field incidents that derailed the Blues 2013 campaign – but it should keep the...

League

Matt Scott hails Petero Civoniceva and hopes to end his career

Matt Scott

Brad Walter Matt Scott will ignore the pain of a broken finger to help the Kangaroos qualify for the World Cup final at Old Trafford and play in what he hopes will be the last game for former Queensland and...

League

Kangaroos veterans face last chance to add Rugby League World Cup win to their resume

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26: Cooper Cronk (L) and Brent Tate of Australia limbers up during the Australia Training Session at Sport City on November 26, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Cameron Smith, Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk, Billy Slater, Brent Tate and Corey Parker have won grand finals, State of Origins and Four Nations tournaments but unless the Kangaroos beat New...

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League

Figures tell sorry story for Blues on away turf

Josh Morris

Brad Walter To get an idea of what NSW are up against at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday night, consider this fact: five of Queensland's most senior players have each had as many, or more, Origin wins at the venue...

STATE OF ORIGIN

Blues confident they can send series into orbit at Suncorp

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Brad Walter The Blues will go into Wednesday night's Origin at Suncorp Stadium full of confidence from not only their performance in the series opener but the way Queensland has reacted to the defeat.

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League

Contrasting fortunes: NSW simply unable to recover from early onslaught

Brad Walter NSW players had no one to blame but themselves as they undid all of their good work in Origin I with an undisciplined performance that enabled Queensland to level the series at Suncorp Stadium.

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State of Origin

Blame me for lapses in defence, says Daley

Nathan Merritt

Brad Walter Blues coach Laurie Daley took responsibility for Nathan Merritt's defensive faults in his Origin debut – but stopped short of guaranteeing him a place in the series decider.

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League

Bad blood could spark more than a Slater v Pearce rematch in decider

Mitchell Pearce

Brad Walter A tackle by Mitchell Pearce on Billy Slater in the final minute of Origin I was being blamed for an incident on Wednesday night that the NSW camp claim may turn next month's series decider into a...

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Sin Bin

Choc keeps Ferguson company in the crowd

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Brad Walter Blake Ferguson attended Origin II at Suncorp Stadium - but the suspended NSW winger wasn't officially there as a guest of the Blues.

League

Gallen set to make early call on fitness

Paul Gallen

Brad Walter Blues captain Paul Gallen is expected to decide on his fitness for Origin III before the team to play in the series decider is announced next Sunday.

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